Below, we have listed and briefly annotated a list of useful websites where you can get additional information and support materials for development education.
It has not been possible for us to list the vast number of issue-based or campaign websites - many of these are referred to at the conclusion of individual chapters in 80:20.
A 'one-stop' shop for support materials in development and human rights education maintained by a consortium of Irish organisations. The site includes appropriate resources for a variety of levels and contexts in education; an online, searchable catalogue of resources; modules on a variety of issues; videos, animations, cartoon and photo galleries, photo-stories etc. The site also maintains a blog on related issues.
hdr.undp.org - home of the UNDPs Human Development Reports
The Human Development Report is published annually and has become one of the key reference points in development studies. Each report focuses on a key theme and includes basic analysis, facts and figures, case studies, opinion pieces, graphs and extensive references. Reports can be downloaded free from the site and are an invaluable source for educationalists (they also contain a set of statistical tables on key topics, updated each year). Recent editions have focused on climate change, sustainability, mobility and water issues etc.
The site also includes considerable additional materials such as country profiles, interactive data sets, an online 'course' in human development, downloadable presentations etc.
www.ohchr.org - Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
The 'one stop shop' for all your needs on human rights including a comprehensive listing of the text, history and current status of all human rights instruments (including the Universal Declaration in 382 'translations'), information on human rights education and training, introductory videos on human rights, information on the Human Rights Council plus over 30 fact sheets on key issues etc.
If you want to know where your country 'stands' on different human rights agreements, this is the place to go.
www.socialwatch.org - Uruguay-based international network of citizens' organisations
Socialwatch emphasises the right of all people 'not to be poor' and offers a 'civil society' perspective on development and justice issues. The site includes the annual Social Watch Report (2012 theme - 'The Right to a Future'), a Basic Capabilities Index (which measures a range of social indicators worldwide), a Gender Equity Index (exploring trends in the gender 'gap') and individual country reports. The site is particularly useful for its inclusion of perspectives and viewpoints from a Developing World perspective.
www.globalissues.org/issue - an independent site focused on key global issues
This is an independent site maintained by Anup Shah with information, analysis and onward links on some 35 key development and human rights topics. The site can be searched by topic and offers very accessible introductions to issues such as the causes of poverty, the arms industry, women's rights, environment etc., each with printable pages and related articles and some with embedded videos. It also has an extensive world news section. Globalissues.org is an excellent place to start.
www.guardian.co.uk/global-development - Guardian Newspaper UK section on development British newspaper the Guardian, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, offers a comprehensive up-to-date global development section on its website. The site covers everything from the Millennium Development Goals updates, news, data, blogs and general articles on development issues. It also links to external development blogs and twitter feeds, as well as a huge range of multimedia resources. A good place to go for easily accessible up to date information, news and discussions on development.
www.hrw.org - NGO Human Rights Watch and www.amnesty.org - Amnesty International
These are two key internet sites for key information, news and updates as well as educational materials on human rights globally. Both sites have detailed country reports (alongside their flagship yearly reviews) as well as theme focused analyses (on issues such as women's rights, migration, the Middle East, the Democratic Republic of Congo etc.) in addition to audio slideshows, videos, film resources and podcasts. Amnesty has an excellent 'learn about human rights' section organised by country or theme and is generally much stronger on human rights education resources.
www.worldbank.org - internet site of the World Bank
This is an excellent site for accessing data on a vast range of issues (by country, by topic, by indicator etc.) including information on how to use the data. You can access maps and data sets, build your own maps and charts and there is also a data catalogue to help you find the statistics you need. The Bank's World Development Report can be downloaded free (recent topics have included gender, climate change, conflict etc.) and which include basic economic and social development data. It has an online bookstore and an archive of tens of thousands of research reports.
Rich information source (maintained by the UN) in an accessible format, this site has games, quizzes and webquests, a set of curricula for different topics (cities, hunger, human rights) with lesson plans, support resources and reading lists (see, for example, the interactive human rights declaration), a gallery of art from students worldwide and a basic data library called 'infonation'. It also includes information on organising a model UN session.
www.oecd.org/dac/ - Development Assistance Committee of the OECD
The 'one stop shop' for the official view of aid, the site has lots of useful material apart from updated statistics on aid such as 'Aid at a Glance' charts, an interactive chart on 50 years of official aid plus analysis of aid trends by topic e.g. trade issues, climate change, gender etc. There is also a very useful international development database on the site and there are many research, policy and briefing papers for the researcher on official aid.
www.realityofaid.org - the 'alternative' analysis of aid from the Reality of Aid Network
A joint North/South international non-governmental site focused on issues of poverty eradication and aid. This site is useful mainly for its bi-annual Reality of Aid Global Report offering an alternative picture on official aid and analysis of different themes related to aid (the 2012 report focused on aid and the private sector and the 2010 one on aid effectiveness vis-ą-vis human rights, social justice and democracy). It also includes a series of newsletters entitled Reality Check with different themes written from diverse regional perspectives.
www.pambazuka.org - site focused on Africa and African analysis and news
Kenya, South Africa and UK based network supporting an outstanding site offering African perspectives and news on a large range of topics including development, women's rights, education, corruption etc. It also has a significant cartoons section, a 'blogging Africa' feature (a 'must' for African perspectives) and an African Writers Corner plus a range of podcasts and videos. Pambazuka News also has an extensive advocacy and campaigns element if you want something different from that offered by western organisations and sources.
www.weareequals.org - Annie Lennox inspired website on gender inequality
Action-based site focused on International Women's Day supported set up by singer and activist Annie Lennox and supported by leading development and human rights charities, it is excellent for action ideas (e.g. 'equals blog', 'mighty little deeds' etc.) and for information on International Women's Day. See especially 'The Little Book of Big Debate Starters' and the downloadable (and usable speech bubbles).
www.worldwatch.org - Washington-based institute with focus on environment and development
A site dedicated to focusing on development and environment with a huge array of reports, background papers, blogs and resources. Its annual State of the World Report (thematic) is a major reference work and its online Vital Signs briefings would be an excellent resource in any library. Watch out also for themed blogs such as '12 steps to go green for the developing world' published in Nigerian magazine Punch and for its multimedia videos available on the site.
www.ted.com - a source of ideas and inspiration
TED, a non-profit designed to share ideas worth sharing is a great resource for talks, images, stories, ideas and music on a massive range of topics. While by no means limited to development issues or human rights, it has many short and immediately usable presentations by speakers such as Hans Rosling (do NOT miss his), Thomas Pogge, Annie Lennox, Sunita Krisnan, Tony Porter and many more.
www.girleffect.org - exploring the potential of 600 million girls worldwide
A partnership site supported by the Nike Foundation and others on the crucial potential of 600 million adolescent girls worldwide; it is a cleverly designed and useful site providing excellent video material guaranteed to stimulate discussion and debate. It also has facts, figures, ideas on becoming involved, infographics, factsheets and toolkits - all of which are free to download. There is also a series of research documents exploring different dimensions of girl's lives, each with their own agenda for change. The website also offers a list of links to reports on other issues which impact on girls, as well as other campaigns.
www.newint.org - home of the New Internationalist Magazine
A site for radical political views and analysis, you can access considerable content from the magazine here covering a very wide range of topics and issues globally. The site also has a very useful blog section with a variety of bloggers contributing from around the world (e.g. the campaigners blog, the Gaza blog, the books blog etc.), a comprehensive overview of the excellent 'No-Nonsense' guides (extensively referenced in 80:20) and, of course, an online shop for the 'ethical' shopper!